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Solvang applies for $2.2M state grant to launch Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail

Solvang applies for $2.2M state grant to launch Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail

Solvang has applied for a state grant to create a new bicycle trail that will connect a park and bike lanes north of the city to the state highway through town.

Over the past year, a number of Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley residents have expressed interest in adding bicycle lanes and improving the bicycle infrastructure in the area, said Matt van der Linden, city engineer and public works director.

This spring, the city conducted an alignment study through public outreach and a public workshop on the proposed Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail that will connect the existing bicycle trail along Highway 246 to Sunny Fields Park and the bike lanes along Alamo Pintado Road, van der Linden said.

The total project cost is estimated at nearly $2.8 million.

In an effort to obtain the funding needed to implement the project, the city on July 27 submitted an application to Caltrans for a grant of almost $2.2 million through the competitive Active Transportation Program, he said.

Van der Linden said the project will only be possible if the city obtains the funding from the new Senate Bill 1 gas tax.

“SB 1 provides funding for every community in California to make needed pedestrian, bicycle and road safety improvements to our local streets,” van der Linden said.

“The Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail project will make bicycling and transportation much safer in the city of Solvang and improve the quality of life for our residents,” he continued.

“Because of funding from the new SB 1 gas tax, delayed projects are able to begin much sooner than anticipated.”

Van der Linden said the city expects to hear back from Caltrans in January 2019 about whether Solvang’s application received a high enough score to be funded.

For more information about the project, contact van der Linden at 805-688-5575 or mattv@cityofsolvang.com.

This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, news editor for the Santa Ynez Valley News. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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